Not picking on your because you were only 10 in 2001, but I was in the Army in the 90's and yes, our military was viewed through the prism of Somalia. Just like up until the point we were viewed through the prism of Vietnam. UBL even referred to Somalia as proof that the U.S. couldn't stand the sting of battle.
Most African countries have had a couple of milennia and they can't do it. I see no reason to spend money and risk lives on a ****hole that will still be a ****hole after we leave. Without a deliberate annihilation of all the dumbasses inside--and outside--of the government and a lengthy occupation, it's a waste of time.I agree with economist Paul Collier. Countries stuck in poverty traps will remain poor until they can break free of those traps. It could take decades for them to do it on their own, but American help could speed up the process.